Kiwi callers can now take their home phones anywhere – and bring down the cost of national and international calling. Orcon today launches Genius Go, an innovative new smartphone app for its home broadband users. It can also be used for instant messaging between non-Orcon customers.
Orcon Genius Go is New Zealand’s first ISP developed smartphone app to fully integrate landlines and smartphones and enables Orcon customers to make full use of their Genius home phone bundles.
The app extends Genius’ home line functionality by synchronising the home phone with one or more smartphones. Calling bundles – national, mobile and international – now apply whether the call originated from the home phone or the Genius Go app. Orcon’s latest plans include free national landline calling – making Genius Go the smartest way to call a New Zealand landline from a mobile.
In addition, customers can answer their home phone on their smartphones – no matter whether they are in the house or away from it. The app and home phone rings simultaneously with users having the choice to switch off the app when at home – or leave it on and answer from the couch or the garden or even while on an international holiday.
Genius Go also delivers handy features expected from any smartphone calling app. Users can see who else is online; call other users; send Instant Messages to other app users and view the app’s 3G data consumption and set alerts for when specific data levels are reached.
Orcon Chief Executive Officer Greg McAlister says the app will change the way Kiwis connect.
“With home phone and broadband packages becoming more competitive, consumers are continually looking for new value and new innovation,” says McAlister.
“We created Genius Go with this in mind; so our customers could get the most out of their broadband bundles. We also wanted to set a precedent among other telecommunications providers. The advances in Internet Protocol technology over the past few years mean new and more affordable ways of communicating exist, and we at Orcon are here to make these new technologies available to as many New Zealanders as possible.
“You’re never going to miss a call, ever; because it is always routed to the place most convenient for you. People typically carry their smartphone at all times – and this app just makes your home phone more convenient, and can save you money.
“When we launched the Genius modem, we introduced a mass market VoIP product to New Zealand and this drove broadband and phone costs down to the now-industry standard $75. We’re convinced that Genius Go will also help Kiwi households save money by using technology to do things smarter.”